Opinion

It’s a Wonderful Life

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to own a two-door 1957 Chevrolet. In order of preference: a Nomad wagon, a hardtop, a convertible, a two-door sedan, a 150 model, a Bel Air model, a 210 model, or a Del Ray. My favorite colors are black, red, or robin’s egg blue with

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

Have yourself a materialistic little Christmas, Have it shipped next-day, From now on, our troubles will be miles away—in the collections departments of credit card companies… The over-commercialization of Christmas seems to be getting worse year after year. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Overdraft Tuesday. Exchange The Thoughtful Yet Hideous Gift From Your Aunt Mildred For

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Ask for my wish list, reach for your wallet

Less than two weeks from Christmas and my daughters are still asking me what I want under the tree. What I would actually want is less. Less around the house, less house to assist taking care of… it’s a case of less being more. Except in the case of time. Time I can always use

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Travis Naughton, Wallflower

“So, what do you do at the MOI?” a friendly stranger asked me at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute holiday party last weekend. “Oh, I don’t work there,” I explained. “My wife Bethany does. I’m just her arm candy this evening.” When she chuckled at my comedic brilliance, I immediately knew two things to be absolutely

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As of this writing on a Friday afternoon, the Southern Boone High School wrestling team had not yet competed in their first match. That took place on the night after this paper was printed Tuesday afternoon. Yet, with a record of 0-0, the Eagles wrestling team is full of winners before they even competed. The

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Laughter is the best medicine

“Have you ever used nitrous before?” the hygienist asked as she prepped me for the dental work I was about to receive last week. “Um…not medically,” I sheepishly admitted. I’ve made my fair share of questionable choices over the years, including the misuse of nitrous oxide. Not visiting a dentist’s office for over twenty years

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Fireplace a good gathering spot

One of the best parts of fall in Missouri is that three-to-four week period from mid-October until the middle or end of November when it begins to get cold, but not too cold, you think, to actually turn on the heater at home. Not coincidentally, I think, this is also the time of year when

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A return to civility

You will likely be relieved to learn that today’s column has very little to do with politics. Instead, this is a piece about people and the way we communicate. Specifically, I felt compelled to write about civility, respectful discourse, and common decency—three areas in which online social networks are woefully deficient. Due to the overwhelming

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Hoops, politics have much in common

Let’s start by making two basic assumptions: • Anyone who thinks that the SoBoCo girls basketball team will win anything less than 25 games and a state championship clearly should have their head examined. • It clearly seems now that Donald Trump will be heading to the White House, we can expect more things made

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The End of the Rainbow

One of my all-time favorite writers is a man named Frank McCourt, who is best known for his gritty and brilliantly written memoir “Angela’s Ashes.” McCourt was a true Irish-American, born in the United States to Irish parents and raised in Limerick, Ireland, where he lived until he managed to save enough money to travel

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